Get to know more of the wonderful authors that are going to be signing at YA Fest in October 2015.

Lisa Amowitz

Author of Breaking Glass, Vision, and Until Beth.

Lisa Amowitz
Lisa Amowitz

YA Fest: Favorite YA authors? Illustrators you admire?

Lisa Amowitz: I’m a huge fan of Maggie Stieffvater, Victoria Schwab, Libba Bray, Alexandra Bracken, Scott Westerfeld, and of course our esteemed hostess Jennifer Murgia!


YA Fest: Favorite YA books from the past year (2014/2015)?

Lisa: I loved Libba Bray’s The Diviners—dying for the next installment


YA Fest: How/why did you start writing?

Lisa: I’m an artist and illustrator—I originally wanted to write a book so I could illustrate it. Sadly, instead of a picture book, I realized i was writing something way darker, for an older audience. I became obsessed with writing for writing’s sake and have not stopped since. That was eleven years ago.

YA Fest: One piece of advice for young writers?

Lisa: Read in your genre. A lot. Join SCBWI and find a critique group. Develop a very thick skin. Perfect your craft before you try to query agents/publishers. Don’t give up. Ever. But do constantly strive to improve yourself. Never stop doing that.


YA Fest: What are you currently working on?  (Give us your elevator pitch!)

Lisa: Young science scholar Rosalie Gates defies her mother’s wishes and visits her estranged dad on a mysterious haunted island that turns her logical safe world, and her heart, upside down. Very loosely based on the Secret Garden.

Are your characters/stories inspired by real people/events? Mostly not, but sometimes events spark or enhance an idea. One exception is the villain in one of my four books ( I shall not give any clues) who is very consciously based on someone who is not on my A list. 🙂


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